Seduction – A duet

By Noel Ihebuzor and Susan Daniels

seduction is best when done softly, slowly

and yes, subtly–
to lead entranced
an entrancing partner (not necessarily
all that innocentintent and consent in a closet slightly ajar, and ever opening)
to fascinate, to suggest, but all so quietly
to the point the seduced
owns it as their idea, not yours

when it seeps slowly into anxious fevered body,
when the pores, the ears, the eyes, the lips, all sip it,
inhaling its suggestive velvety boldness like ripe brandy

Armagnac, please;
or perhaps something scented
of late summer; like pear, apple,
blackberry, but intoxicating
and strong, sweetness with heat
swimming into mind and body both

exhaling and uncoiling
in recognition of joint and multiflavored complicity
saluting coyness and salivating and waiting

yes, art.  art spun by two.
a peacock has nothing on us, love,
fanning feathers to dazzle, but that’s all he has.
you bring and I welcome that drunkenness,
that reeling magic we stumble inside

and going with the flow, each new seduction
increasing flush, gush..and rush,
cascades beckoning and willing rowed to

seduction is best when done softly, slowly

*** Just back from a one month vacation where I visited family and friends in the UK and Nigeria. Back to base in Dar, it was fun to get to chat with my duet partner, Susan  and to exchange views on life, literature and living with her. This poem, a duet,  came up in a spontaneous manner during our chat this afternon on facebook, completely unplanned and we agreed to upload as is – hope you like it.  Susan is italicized, and my words are bolded.

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16 Responses to “Seduction – A duet”


  1. 2 Noel Ihebuzor August 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    You can say that again! Now I move to item 7 on the post on how to be a successful writer/blogger!

  2. 6 Rhonda August 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    So good to see you two tangoing again. This is one hell of a tumble N!! Sometimes you just have to be ready to catch it when if does. Love it!

  3. 9 ManicDdaily August 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I saw on Susan’s blog too – just a lot of fun – you two get to be straight man and comic and then change off again. k.

  4. 11 Ian Moone August 31, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I always enjoy your duets

  5. 13 Noel Ihebuzor August 31, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Ian, thank you so kindly. And thanks to Susan for the quality of the duets – she sings and she inspires singing!


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